WEEKLY WRAP-UP: February 19th

I feel like I’ve been handing out 5-star ratings like candy this month, because the releases have been AWESOME. This week was particularly good; I read multiple 5-star romances, and the vibes were all completely different. There was the intense and steamy Ruthless Creatures, the emotional and tense Hard to Score, the low angst and laidback Like I Love You, and the twisty, complex Close Quarters. You’ll be seeing a few of those on my Best of February list, and it’s entirely possible that they may make it to my Best of the Year list as well. February has been that good – and just wait until next week!

If you read my Teaser Thursday post (found here), you know that there are some exciting books on the way soon! I’m reviewing a LOT of books that are releasing next week, so I’ve been reading like crazy. There will be plenty of reviews coming soon!

If you missed any of this week’s reviews, I’ve got the blurb and rating for each below. There’s also a link to my new release list.


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Intense and steamy

An explosive new novel of love, lust, and obsession from bestselling author J.T. Geissinger.

Five years ago, my fiancé disappeared. He left me with a wedding dress I’d never wear. Left me with the kind of scars that can’t be healed. The man I built my future on vanished like a ghost. All that remained was my broken heart and a million unanswered questions.

Until a mysterious stranger arrives in town. 

Tall, dark, and dangerous, Kage is as full of secrets as he is sex appeal. Though I know he’s hiding something, I’m drawn to him like a moth to flame.

The intensity of our connection is addictive, unlike anything I’ve ever felt before. Heat crackles between us with every look, desire flares into passion, and I fall hard, helpless to resist.

But when I discover how he’s tied to my fiancé’s disappearance, I learn what happens when you fly recklessly into fire:

You get burned.

Read the review here

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2NvbiPi


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ SO GOOD

New York Times bestselling author, K. Bromberg, is back with a new Kincade sister and a swoon-worthy football player in an all new standalone romance that will make you believe in first crushes and true love.

I’ve signed numerous players to my family’s agency—I assumed winning over my next client would be just as easy.

The last thing I expected was to run into the boy who took my first kiss and broke my heart: only now Drew Bowman is all grown up.

Sexy. Scandal-tainted. Second-string. The crush I never got over.

I tell myself work is the reason I can’t get him out of my head. I tell him his talent far outweighs his position, and I know I can help. I lie and lie, because admitting that I want a second chance at my first love is impossible. 

Some lines cannot be crossed, and ours was drawn in the sand years ago.

*** 

I’m supposed to hate her. 

I’ve been told so time and again for ten years – her father ruined our family, smeared my name before my career even began.

But that’s not what I’m feeling now. 

Brexton Kincade just strode out of my memories and onto my field. 

Driven. Determined. Grown up. The Capulet to my Montague.

Being with her would be an unforgivable sin against my father, but I can’t resist the pull between us. Even if it means hiding what we have. Even if it means confronting the secrets I’ve always feared were lies.

Read the review here

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3qsEzJ3


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Tense and sexy

From bestselling author Kandi Steiner comes a fresh and captivating billionaire romance about a reserved photographer and the powerful CEO who has to have her…

My boyfriend’s billionaire boss always gets what he wants.

Menacingly handsome and unquestionably powerful, Theo Whitman need only snap his fingers to have a flock of supermodels fall at his feet. So when his steel gray eyes first meet mine, I expect him to pass right over me, to not give so much as a second thought to my presence.

Instead, he sees me. 
Truly sees me. 
And for a girl who prefers to hide behind her camera lens, it’s the most unnerving experience of my life.

Until he asks me to stay on his yacht for the summer.

All I have to do to earn my keep is be Theo’s on-call photographer when he has guests, and I’ll get a free ride through the Mediterranean with my boyfriend. Easy peasy.

Still, my skin prickles in warning when I say yes.

As the humid days fade into balmy nights, I can’t seem to avoid Theo. And when he finds me, it’s like a rabbit running into a wolf.

His intense gaze immobilizes me. The way he speaks strips me bare. Every brush of his skin sears me like a violent flame.

My boyfriend’s billionaire boss always gets what he wants.

And this time, I think he wants me.

Read the review here

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3bgkO0P


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Small town goodness

Two childhood friends are playing house—and maybe playing for keeps—in USA Today bestselling author Adriana Locke’s funny, sexy, and unpredictable marriage-of-convenience romance.

To save her Tennessee bed-and-breakfast, Sophie Bates needs a fast-cash miracle. Holden McKenzie, her childhood best friend, needs to prove to a prospective employer that he’s a committed man. Their fortunes on the line, Holden proposes…a solution.

He’ll take care of Sophie’s bills if she agrees to a temporary marriage of convenience. And why not? They’re comfortable together, they have fun, and they trust each other. It’s as simple as saying “I do.” But the off-the-cuff wedding has all of Honey Creek talking—and Sophie and Holden realizing that their perfect arrangement is working too well. If they’re not careful, this marriage could turn into a love story.

Read the review here

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2NnauvM


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Light and sexy

I never should have gone commando in that dress. 

I’m almost positive the rest of it wouldn’t have happened if I hadn’t been dangling off a hotel balcony with my lady parts in the breeze. And of course the one person to witness my mortification had to be HIM. Camden Cox.

Sure, today he’s gorgeous and wealthy, and fine, I can admit he has a great sense of humor. But once upon a time, he was the boy who loved to make my life miserable. 

He no longer pulls my pigtails, but I know his type. He wants one thing, and one thing only. A chance to get in my pants.

Nope. Not happening. Not even with that sexy Southern drawl. 

But I’m Sophie Abbott, and if there’s one thing I’m good at, it’s making a mess.

Only this isn’t just a mess. It’s a disaster. A Sophie disaster.

Because after a wild night in Vegas, I wake up naked in his hotel room.

And I’m pretty sure we got married.

Author’s note: An adorkable hot mess who throws a cocky charmer completely off his game. Plus a salty dad playing matchmaker, laugh-out-loud banter, a couch scene that will melt your Kindle, and the swooniest of swoony happy endings.

Marrying Mr. Wrong can be read as a stand alone.

Read the review here

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3atSY1X


⭐️⭐️ Hot mess

He’s an ex-convict.
I am the prized daughter of a family known for their name.
We always knew it couldn’t work, but that didn’t mean we wouldn’t try.
But when we did, it was all torn apart.
He was locked away.
And I was helpless to stop the mass destruction that followed.
He was wicked to my heart.
And just like poison, the effects can be dangerous.

Read the review here

Amazon ➜ https://amzn.to/3mQlcHa


⭐️ So bad

From Wall Street Journal & USA Today Bestselling Author M. Robinson comes a new stand-alone romantic comedy.

What happens when you make a pact with your boys to stay single and never fall in love? 

Well, you get the Playboy Pact.

We were friends, she and I.
Best friends. 
It was easy. 
Simple. 
Comfortable. 
That was our dynamic. 
We had a system. 
An understanding. 
An unspoken arrangement. 

We were there for each other through thick and thin. We had an unbreakable bond. Nobody understood our friendship. Because a guy and a girl couldn’t just be best friends without emotions getting involved, right? 

Without noticing, everything shifted, and I was experiencing all these new feelings… 

Jealousy. 
Possessiveness. 
She’s mine. 

Yeah…

For the first time in my life, Mila wasn’t merely a girl I trusted and hung out with on a regular basis. 

She had become…
…the woman I was in love with.

Read the review here

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3ubnPbg


Check out this week’s new releases here.


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